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The Missing

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A disappointment; relentlessly bleak and brutal.
  • Review Date: May 4, 2004
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

Violence

Extreme and very graphic peril and violence, characters killed, suicide. Intense peril.

Sex

Sexual references, nude dead body.

Language

Some strong language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink and smoke.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an extremely violent movie, with frequent and exceptionally graphic brutal images and many injuries and deaths, including death of a child. A character commits suicide. There are sexual references and non-explicit sexual situations. The plot revolves around a plan to sell the girls into prostitution. Characters drink alcohol and use some strong language.

What's the story?

THE MISSING centers on Maggie (Cate Blanchett), an indomitable frontier woman who can yank an infected tooth, chop the firewood, handle a pouting teenager, and still find time for a romantic interlude with a handsome cowboy. She is known as a healer, and never turns anyone away, even her estranged father (Tommy Lee Jones), who deserted her family when she was a child and has been living with the Indians. She will treat him, but she will not forgive him. But then, when an Indian shaman and his henchmen (some Indian, some white) murder Maggie's lover and kidnap her daughter to sell her into prostitution, Maggie has to ask her father to help her track them so she can bring her daughter home.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The Missing is a disappointment, relentlessly politically correct and even more relentlessly bleak and brutal. In some ways, it's is a very traditional set-up, with the quintessential movie plot -- two people who do not get along forced to take a physical and psychological journey together in pursuit of a goal. Director Ron Howard sustains the bleak and ominous atmosphere with images like a riderless horse returning home and a wolf on the dining room table. And the story has some resonance, with themes that circle back. One parent left a child and another cannot leave a child, among other themes. Another parent who loses a child cannot continue.

The Missing has strengths, including the willingness to attempt some thematic complexity, reliably solid performances by Blanchett and Jones and the outstanding Jenna Boyd. But it does not address its themes with enough depth to justify its darkness, and thus does not succeed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the dualities this movie emphasizes.

  • Discuss how the Native Americans and the settlers interact. What does this say about our shared cultural past?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 25, 2003
DVD release date:February 23, 2004
Cast:Aaron Eckhart, Cate Blanchett, Tommy Lee Jones
Director:Ron Howard
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Drama
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:violence

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Teen, 14 years old Written bymemmer66 April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written bywillowfew October 9, 2011

violence can be distirbing but over all good move

its fine im 14 thers a lot of violence but its ture this all hapined c kides sale this all the time they lived it. its history the nudity is pg13 its a butt the man is dead i coudent even tell he waz nude it when i wached it agean then i cud tell but over all it waz a good move violence can be distirbing
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byTheoDoyp January 23, 2016

Review Of The Missing

I don't understand the hate this film is getting. I thought this was a really good western thriller with great acting, likable characters and of course a nasty villain (which is what a film like this needs.) I really liked the music to this as well and i would definitely recommend this to others (15+). It does contain references to sexual violence and the overall theme of kidnapping the main characters daughter for the use of prostitution. There is lots of violence (sometimes gets graphic, with lots of blood), with use of guns, arrows, knives and more. But overall this a a great film and i really enjoyed it and it should be fine for a mature 15 year old.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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